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(A) Whenever necessary to meet a declared emergency or to prepare for the emergency for which adequate regulations have been adopted by the Governor or the City Council, the Council may, by resolution, promulgate regulations, consistent with applicable federal and state law or regulation, respecting conduct of persons and the use of property during emergencies; the repair, maintenance and safeguarding of essential public services, emergency health, fire, safety regulation, drills or practice periods required for preliminary training, and all other matters which are required to protect public safety, health and welfare in declared emergencies.
(B) Every resolution relating to emergency regulations shall be in writing; shall be dated; shall refer to the particular emergency to which it pertains, if so limited, and shall be filed in the office of the City Administrator, which copy shall be kept posted and available for public inspection during business hours. Notice of the existence of the regulation and its availability for inspection in the Administrator’s office shall be conspicuously posted at the front of City Hall or at such places affected as the Council shall designate in the resolution. By like resolution, the Council may modify or rescind any such regulation.
(C) (1) The Council may rescind any such regulation by resolution at any time. If not sooner rescinded, every such regulation shall expire at the end of 30 days after its effective date or at the end of the emergency to which it relates, whichever comes first. Any resolution, rule or regulation inconsistent with an emergency regulation promulgated by the Council shall be suspended during the period of time and to the extent the conflict exists.
(2) During a declared emergency, notwithstanding any statutory or Charter provision to the contrary, the city is empowered, through its governing body acting within the corporate city limits, to enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to combat the disaster by protecting the health and safety of persons and property and providing emergency assistance to the victims of the disaster. The city may exercise the powers in the light of the exigencies of the disaster without compliance with the time consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law pertaining to the performance of public work, entering rental equipment agreements, purchase of supplies and materials, limitations upon tax levies and the appropriate and expenditure of public funds including, but not limited to, publication of resolutions, publication of call for bids, provisions of personnel laws and rules, provisions relating to low bids and requirements for budgets.
(Prior Code, § 14.06) (Ord. 283, Third Series, effective 2-2-2006)